Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Ninth Ward City Council Member over the past four years. The journey has been fruitful and our future together is bright.
As I wrap up my first term as your Council representative, I wanted to let you know that is has been the honor of my life to serve the people of our community. The work we have been able to accomplish together is truly something to be proud of.
We worked shoulder to shoulder to lift up the voices of low-wage workers and to improve conditions for our working families. We did this by passing a herstoric paid sick and safe time ordinance as well as becoming the first city in the Midwest to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
We upheld our radical vision of love and stood with immigrant communities in the age of Trump by establishing a Sanctuary City task force and taking steps toward instituting a municipal ID for all.
We stood together to defend the East Phillips Community's vision of partnership with the City on the expanded Hiawatha Facility at the Roof Depot site and we passed a Green Zones policy which is on its way to implementation.
Days ago, we adopted the budget for 2018. I was a strong supporter of this year's significant investments in affordable housing, public safety focused on community engagement and accountability, and an increase in the Utility Franchise Fee to enable investments to combat climate change. Here are some additional highlights:
- Working with Council Member Frey and with the support of my Council Colleagues, we were able to secure $75,000 in funding for the work of the South Minneapolis Green Zones
- $75,000 of continued funding to end commercial sexual exploitation
- Increased resources for enforcement of wage theft, paid sick and safe time, and the minimum wage
- We retained the community-led safety strategies money in our community, with $200,000 dedicated to East Lake Street and $50,000 for Little Earth
- Two addition housing inspectors for multi-family homes focusing on immigrant communities
- $50,000 for a Commercial Land Trust pilot project to combat gentrification which I have helped develop with community and City staff for the past year
- An addiditional Lead Inspector
My thanks go out to all of the community members who took the time to come to City Hall and offer testimony to weigh in on the budget. Your voice helps shape our decisions and keeps us grounded in the community.
I can't wait to see what we set to do next and over the four years to come.
Mil gracias y feliz año nuevo,